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Maid admits theft, says she just wants to go home

09 September 2016

Next month, Helen Pelarios would have finished her first two-year contract as a domestic helper in Hong Kong.
On Aug. 16, however, her employer accused Pelarios of stealing her jade bracelet and called the police. The officers arrested the Filipina and  charged her with theft at Tsuen Wan Court
Pelarios, who came to Hong Kong in October 2014, pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept 5 and was sentenced by Magistrate Wong Ching-yu to a 14-day jail term, suspended for a year.
Despite pleading guilty, Pelarios told staff at the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section that her employer’s charge was a lie.                        "Inamin ko lang po dahil sa aking kalituhan at para makauwi na ako,” she said.
ATN officers were helping her on Sept 6 to purchase a ticket for her flight home.
With her jail sentence suspended, Pelarios did not have to be imprisoned. But she decided to wait a few more days before going home so she could get her unpaid salary from her employer. - VBL
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